Carl Chinn is Professor of Community History at the University of Birmingham and history advisor for the schools of Perry Beeches The Academy. He is a social historian with a national profile, columnist with the ‘Birmingham Mail’, public speaker, writer, and charity fundraiser. Professor Chinn is the author of 31 books that include studies of working-class housing, urban working-class life, working-class women’s lives, illegal betting, manufacturing, Birmingham, the Black Country, ethnic minorities, and the racecourse wars of the 1920s.
Malcolm Dick is Director of the Centre for West Midlands History at the University of Birmingham. He directed two history projects in Birmingham between 2000 and 2004: the Millennibrum Project, which created a multi-media archive of post-1945 Birmingham history and Revolutionary Players which produced an online resource of the history of the West Midlands region. Malcolm has published books on Joseph Priestley, Matthew Boulton and the history of Birmingham and co-directs the Centre for Printing History & Culture.
Introduction Carl Chinn and Malcolm Dick
1 The Peoples of Birmingham Carl Chinn
2 Before Beorma: Prehistoric and Roman Birmingham Mike Hodder
3 Medieval Birmingham Steven Bassett and Richard Holt
4 The Tudor and Stuart Town Richard Cust and Ann Hughes
5 The City of a Thousand Trades, 1700–1945 Malcolm Dick
6 Birmingham: a Political Profile, 1700–1940 Roger Ward
7 The Policy and Practice of Enlightened Education Ruth Watts
8 Art, Design and Architecture Sally Hoban
9 Healthcare in the Heart of England Jonathan Reinarz
10 Printing and the Printed Word Caroline Archer-Parré
11 The Transformation of Post-war Birmingham Matt Cole
12 Birmingham: Forward into the Future Carl Chinn
This is Chinn at his best, deeply engaged, passionate and reflective.
Stephen Roberts, The Local Historian
This is an attractively produced book, resplendent with colour and monochrome photographs, historical maps and explanatory figures, which is a welcome addition to those already available on historical aspects of the City....
Della Hooke, Transactions
210 colour illustrations
Publication: October 31, 2016